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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 16, 2013 5:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best of 1977

Yeah, I realize it's all subjective too and fans of long Dark Stars or Other Ones from 72 and 74 and such will never agree but in terms of clean, flowing, consistent and powerful playing 77 to me can't be beat, and 10/29 is just such a flawless powerhouse show it gets my #1 of all time.

btw, 6/4 is an extremely bold call of your own! I suspect this show gets overlooked b/c there's no real good sounding SBD, just "meh" AUDs....there's a sweet standalone Franklins in this show late in 2nd set...

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Feb 16, 2013 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best of 1977

6/4 is probably my favorite from the year as well. The final medley beats anything else from the year (for me). The transition between Playing In The Band -> Franklin's Tower is one of the best they ever did in terms of being a fluid, full blend of one song into another.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Feb 16, 2013 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best of 1977

That surely is an extraordinary transition which I never noticed when listening to the show,as you said it is a perfect blend.I can't say I find any thing other than the Minglewood to be of exceptional quality,and this would be the single instance those words apply.

http://archive.org/details/gd1977-06-04.fob.menke.motb-0096.97183.flac16

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Poster: thebone Date: Feb 16, 2013 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best of 1977

Totally agree with your views. The jam suites of the 72-74 era are unparalleled. However, one thing about 77 that I'm not sure always gets appreciated fully is that a number of songs long heavy in the Dead's rotation reached their pinnacle during this year. I am thinking of songs like NFA, or maybe the best example is Sugaree. The latter went from 6:30 or so in the early 70s, and pretty perfunctory at that, to the high teens in 77 (e.g., 5/28, 10/16) with long, great jams between each verse.

BTW, I am a fellow fan of 4/16/78 that is an incredible show!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 16, 2013 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best of 1977

Sugaree is an excellent example of a song that got the "extra" treatment in '77 w/out losing any of the prime execution.

Add to that songs like Jack Straw, Deal, Loser, Ramble on Rose, Half Step, Stella (anything from Wake of the Flood, actually)....i.e. there are some fine Row Jimmys from 73, and 74 and even 76, but none of them comes close to 3/20/77, or 5/3/77, 5/8/77, etc.

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Poster: thebone Date: Feb 16, 2013 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best of 1977

Yes, the Half Steps, among the others you cited, are so well played in 77. That is one of their very best songs in my opinion--great lyrics/chorus, and amazing instrumentation with that long jam at the end. 77 truly was an incredible year of touring, and I always enjoy discussion threads about this topic. Thanks for kicking it off!